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Indonesian Travel Diaries – Swimming in Hot Springs


The hike up Mt Batur had been freezing cold, but the way back down was positively roasting… It was still early in the morning so the temperature wasn’t horrific, but we could feel the heat begin to rise around us…

By the time we were at the bottom we were a.) dying for a wee (overshare?) and b.) so. HOT. We said a fond goodbye to Wayan who’d looked after us so well on the hike – it seemed strange he’d been so quiet for the first part but we’d had a long chat and on the way down he was loudly (and badly 😉 ) singing No Woman No Cry… Actually – wait a minute – it was just me and Legs… I hope his song wasn’t a subtle hint 😂.

At the bottom of Mt Batur is Lake Batur – which contains lots of naturally hot springs which are open to swim in. They are absolutely beautiful.

We arrived at the hot springs and were shown to the changing rooms where the lockers and showers are. Word to the wise – they are mixed changing rooms. I just went into a shower cubicle to change. We were given a token for a free juice and snack, so we headed for our Balinese snack of deep fried banana (so. tasty) and fresh watermelon juice.

Then we headed in to the hot springs…

It was absolute heaven on our muscles, like a long hot bath… The view was STUNNING, and once again we found ourselves just taking in the view, gossiping about everything that had been going on in our lives and in a state of total awe that we’d just hiked a mountain to see the sunrise, only to come back down it and now be luxuriating in hot springs…

It was just the second part in what was without doubt the best day we were to have in Bali…

Kate x


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  • Reply Kayleigh Zara

    The water looks absolutely stunning and so beautiful and blue. Indonesia isn’t somewhere that I’ve thought of visiting before but it looks so beautiful and it sounds like you had an amazing time x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

    October 1, 2017 at 21:53
  • Reply Lauren Thomas

    Wow it is so stunning in Indonesia! I’ve never been before and it’s actually on my bucket list of places to go!

    Lovely photos also! ❤️

    October 1, 2017 at 23:16
  • Reply Jenny in Neverland

    This looks and sounds absolutely stunning- I’m so very jealous of your ventures (: xx

    October 1, 2017 at 23:26
  • Reply abbeylouisarose

    Oh my goodness, I thought that the hike up the mountain would’ve made your day special enough, but now this immediately afterwards?! Sounds PERFECT! I would love to lie back in these hot springs, deep fried banana in hand hahaha (not a euphemism, I realised how bad it sounded after I typed it) 😂 The thought of your guide singing you down the mountain did make me giggle as well! As always, your photos are stunning and totally wanderlust-inducing!

    Abbey 🍂

    October 2, 2017 at 06:51
  • Reply Steph

    This place looks absolutely divine! I’d love to soak in a hot spring one day.

    Steph x

    October 2, 2017 at 09:28
  • Reply Sarah Sinclair

    Oh wow I loved the sound of the hike and this just makes it even better!! The views are just incredible everything looks amazing!

    Sarah | xx

    October 2, 2017 at 10:04
  • Reply Kristy

    This sounds and looks absolutely incredible, I’d absolutely love to visit Indonesia one day. The hot springs sound absolutely amazing and your photography has me counting down to my next holiday. xx

    October 2, 2017 at 13:35
  • Reply Chloe Dickenson

    Ah Kate I’m absolutely in love with this post! Bali sounds absolutely fabulous and I’m a huge lover of hot springs so these sound truly amazing! I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts! xx

    October 2, 2017 at 16:59
  • Reply Chloe

    Wow!!! This looks amazing!!! Paradise or what? I’m so jealous that you got to visit such a beautiful place! Your photography is stunning!

    October 2, 2017 at 17:43
  • Reply Sabrina Mebtouche

    Oh my god, the hot springs look so divine! Definitely adding this to my travel bucket list, it looks absolutely beautiful!
    I can’t wait to read more about your trip! xx

    October 2, 2017 at 20:26
  • Reply Giana Spiteri

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! I’ve very jealous of you right now! Indonesia is deffo on my bucket list and I hope to visit it next year xx


    October 2, 2017 at 20:41
  • Reply Jamie

    These photos are incredible xx

    Jamie |

    October 2, 2017 at 21:05
  • Reply Lucy Freeman

    I really enjoyed this post! Thank you for sharing it!! Photos look incredible too. Hiking a mountain is rather impressive!! Xxxxxx

    October 2, 2017 at 21:27
  • Reply Anna

    Oh my god, all your posts right now are making me sooooo jealous. I could quite happily soak in a long natural bath haha! xx

    October 2, 2017 at 22:10
  • Reply Debra-Bow

    Oh my god, this looks incredible. It all looks incredible, I’m so jealous! Totally living through your photos of being away from this cold rainy country as I’m about to head to bed!

    October 2, 2017 at 22:26
  • Reply Steph // Steph's World

    It looks stunning here and also your photography is capturing it perfectly! I really want to go!

    Steph xx

    October 3, 2017 at 20:07
  • Reply Hannah @ The Northern Writes

    that looks stunning! The warm baths sound amazing, just what you need after a hike!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

    October 3, 2017 at 22:51
  • Reply Hels

    This looks absolutely stunning!! I’m so envious of everything about this day! Your photos are absolutely beautiful, what a perfect way to spend your time after hiking up a mountain – the perfect recovery too I imagine! The deep fried banana sounds amazing!
    Loving all your travel posts, can’t wait for the next instalment!
    Hels 🍂💕

    October 4, 2017 at 09:56
  • Reply Amy

    I’m literally loving your travel diaries for this trip! Making me so jealous! X

    October 4, 2017 at 20:18
  • Reply Finja

    Oh Bali!💛

    October 4, 2017 at 21:34
  • Reply Em

    Kate, Every one of your post’s gives me the travel bug. And this is no exception. I love this post but I am almost green with jealous.

    October 8, 2017 at 10:24
  • Reply Rachael

    Wow! Those springs look incredible and I’m so intrigued by your snack of deep fried banana! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip.
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    October 8, 2017 at 17:22
  • Reply Olivia Mulhearn

    wow what amazing images! looks like you had an amazing time! the hot springs sound amazing

    October 8, 2017 at 20:26
  • Reply Jennifer Ratcliffe

    Sounds amazing, all your posts make me giggle and smile 🙂

    Jen xx

    November 25, 2017 at 23:29
    • Reply Kate

      Aw thank you Jen!
      Kate x

      January 11, 2018 at 13:32

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